St. Patrick’s Day March 17th 2019



Station Masses for Spring: If you would like to host a Station Mass in Woodford this Spring, please contact Fr. Kieran on 090-9749100 at your convenience. Having the opportunity to have Mass in your home with your neighbours and family has a long tradition in the parish but can only continue with everyone’s help. Please contact me also if you have further questions about Station Masses or indeed any question or comment regarding Church or parish. The door is always open and any comments questions etc. most welcome


Emigrant Collection: Supporting vulnerable Irish overseas. Please support 2nd basket Collection to help the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants work. More details on Fr. Gerard Moran ODC Woodford works for the Australian Chaplaincy.


Parish Envelopes: Spare Boxes available in Church If you have not got an envelope box issued in your name, you may take a spare box, also available in both Churches and write your name on the First envelope you use.


Trocaire Boxes: The Trocaire Lenten Box is available at all church doors. Please take one home and support the Trocaire Lenten Appeal. Every little helps.


Tommy Larkin Lotto Results: 15-17-24-26 Match 3 Tom Fahy Jackpot 3,900 euro Draw in Elsie’s Woodford this Sat .Mar.16th


St. Joseph’s N.S, Woodford Enrolment forms for September 2019 are now available for collection. If you wish to enrol your child please return completed application form to the School on or before the 5th of April 2019.


St. Brendan’s NS Derryoober is currently accepting applications for enrolment of Junior Infant Pupils for September 2019. Please email or call to the school for an enrolment form. Visits to view the school, to see the facilities and to meet the teachers can also be arranged. Full preschool & after school care available at the school. For further information Phone 086-0483344 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Altar Serving Practice on this Wed. Mar. 20th at 6.30pm in St. John the Baptist Woodford.


Parish Radio Meeting to discuss restoration of Parish Radios on Tuesday 19th Mar. at Shragh Community Centre at 8.30pm - all welcome

Beginning Experience weekend for people who have lost a spouse through death, divorce, or separation, 05-07 April Redemptorist Retreat Centre, Athenry Details contact Gerry 086 3855090 Maureen 087 6646896 Chiropody Clinic will be attending Hayes Pharmacy, Portumna on 25th March for general diabetic foot care. Contact Emma on 086 1901247 for an appointment.


Woodford Community Games County Galway Community Games Athletics Finals will be held on Sun 2nd June in Ballinderreen. Woodford Community Games area includes the parishes of Tynagh/Killeen, Abbey/Duniry, Ballinakill and Woodford/Looscaun. We are looking for any children from U8 to U16 who would be available to compete on 2nd June. If interested, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 31st March for further details.


Table Quiz - Portumna Golf Club @ 8pm,Fri 22nd Mar. €10 pp. Table of 4's partners not necessary,individuals most welcome.please come along for fun night.

On St Patrick’s Day, March 17th, at noon, Portumna will host the annual parade. All participants, floats, clubs and individuals are requested to register in Portumna Post Office by March 15th. Guidelines and information is available on the form and keep an eye on the Facebook page (St Patricks Day Parade in Portumna) for updates and information. Volunteers to assist before and on the day are welcome too. Further information can be obtained by calling 087 7427950

Galway Hospice is seeking 60 people to get involved in its upcoming Oscarz event. A casting call will take place on Thursday 28th March in Galway Hospice. Contact the Galway Hospice Fundraising Team on 091 770868 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest.

Loughrea Friends for Life presents a free talk by Gianna Care at Loughrea Hotel & Spa on Monday April 1st at 6.30pm. Newly established Gianna Care help women and families throughout unexpected pregnancies and when the baby is born, All welcome.

Loughrea Friends for Life presents the Loughrea Movie Premiere of "Gosnell: America's biggest Serial Killer" - The shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell - Friday 12th April at 7pm Loughrea Library. Free Pro Life event, All welcome.

Our Irish Women’ Exhibition: Abbey and District Heritage Group is hosting ‘Our Irish Women’ Exhibition in Abbey Community Centre from 15th to 22nd March. To celebrate the contribution of one local Irish Woman, Aggie Whyte, a traditional music afternoon with local Musicians will be held in Abbey Community Centre, Abbey, on Bank Holiday Monday 18th March starting at 3 pm with special guest Máirín Fahy, niece of Aggie Whyte. Everyone is welcome to this Free event.

Killimor Camogie Club are holding a Preloved Handbags Ladies Night in St Joseph's Centre Killimor from 8 to 10pm on Friday March 29th. Entry is free and everyone is entered into a draw for a hotel voucher. Complimentary refreshments. Please support

How to Reduce Plastic in Everyday Life: Saturday morning 10am-1pm at An Gáirdín, Portumna with Ann Marie Mahon PhD GMIT. We will look at ways to reduce plastic in everyday life. We will learn why we must reduce instead of recycle. We will meet people who have found ways to reduce their plastic use and we will be introduced to alternative products. See Booking at 0872845443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Next lecture of the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society will be on Thursday 28th at the Irish Workhouse Centre at 8pm and will be given by Sean Hogan on ‘The Politics of Revolution in Tipperary 1913-1923’.


St John the Baptist Church, Woodford.

Masses this Week, Tue. 7.30pm Fri. 8pm Sat. 7pm


Saturday March 16th 7pm Michael Keon, Derrygoolin.

Friday March 22nd 8pm Patsy Hayes (1st Anv) & deceased family members, Derrygoolin.

Saturday March 23rd 7pm Irene & Raymond Keary, Woodford, Joe Torpey, Derrygoolin.

Eucharistic Ministers: Justin O’Byrne Mary Lyons

Altar Society: Team 3 Wildrude Duell Mary Gorman Angela Sheil.

Reader for Church Maura Cooney.

Altar Servers: (A) Mark Kelly Gavin O’Dowd


St. Brendan’s Church, Looscaun

Masses this Week, Mon. 10am Wed. 9.30am Thur. 8am Fri. 8.30pm Sat. 10am Sun. 11am


Sunday March 17th 11am Tommy Garvey, Coose (Months Mind)

Friday March 22nd 8.30pm Johnny Ryan, Gurteeny & Dublin (Months Mind)

Sunday March 24th 11am Michael & Kathleen Conway Douras.

Eucharistic Ministers: Anne Page Mary Coughlan

Altar Society Mary Coughlan Margaret Shiels.

Reader for Church Maura Stewart

Altar Servers: (B) Mark Leonard Peter Flaherty Louis Donlon.


Sun. Mar. 17th SR 6.41am Set 6.37pm Full Moon on Thur. Mar. 21st at 1.42am

Sun. Mar. 24th SR 6.27am Set 6.53pm Last Quarter on Thur. Mar. 28th at 4.09am




Fr. Kieran O’Rourke, Telephone: 090 9749100, Mobile: 087 2997956, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Woodford/Shragh Defibrillator 087-346150